Let me start off by answering the question that I’m sure you’re just dying to have answered: I did not have to fight off any alligators during my triathlon. I know you’re disappointed; I was too. Especially after all the hours I spent in gator wrasslin’ training. I have half a mind to ask for my money back. But anyways, that’s another issue.
Now to answer the second question that I’m sure you’re asking: the triathlon was fun… in some regards. And in others regards, it made me want to pass out on the road with a half-eaten bagel in my hand. Triathlons are complicated like that. But, to fully explain everything, it’s best to start at the beginning...
getFit is officially over, and as a result I'm sitting on my couch eating ice cream. Hahaha, I'm just kidding. I'm not sitting on my couch.
But since getFit is over, this will be my last official blog post. Unless there's an desire on behalf of my 3-4 loyal readers to write something about my triathlon experience. I'm totally happy to do that if people would read it. But, if you're like, "Jeeze, Aaron, nobody cares. Just shut the heck up already and write some lessons learned about running!" then I think I can accomodate you.
We did it! These past 12 weeks have certainly had their ups and downs, but I am so glad I worked to meet these goals and had a personal trainer to help me do it.
I've been thinking about training with and without a personal trainer, and here's why I'd recommend it:
1) Accountability: I knew exactly when Andrew would be there waiting for me. And when I did leave him hanging around for me (I set my alarm wrong and it didn't go off), I felt terrible. Thankfully, rescheduling was easy.
2) Somebody else made the plan: Sometimes I fall out of an exercise routine because I just don't want to think about what I'm going to do that day. On the days I met with a trainer, I didn't have to think about it at all, and when the sessions were over, I had a whole list of exercises to choose from to create a workout in the moment.
First of all, I hope that you and all your friends / loved ones are safe after the bombings in Back Bay today. It feels like it's really hard to have faith in humanity when it feels like you're always hearing about awful events in the news. But then you think, there are so many more people responding positively to tragedy, helping others in any way they can, then are causing it. And that's encouraging. As one of my absolute favorite people in the entire world, Mr. Rogers, said, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"
I've been meaning to blog about my exercising for a week or so, and I want to finally get around to that. Although perhaps with less humor than usual. Things are going pretty well! Although it's hard to believe that the triathlon is in 19 days and 7 hours. How am I feeling now that it's less than 3 weeks away? Well...
This past weekend was so busy and packed with friends in town for the marathon that I completely forgot to write about my penultimate workout with my personal trainer. I talked and cheered so much, I literally lost my voice. Now, after the events of the day I'm full of mixed emotions. Pride and admiration and joy for my friends and for the strangers I saw today who fought on in that last mile. And sorrow and confusion for the tragedy that ended the day and the lives lost so unexpectedly and the dreams unfulfilled for thousands.
It seems paltry to compare my own tiny workout to the months of training and work that went into the marathon. I ran one myself nearly 7 years ago so I know that where I am now is nothing to what I was doing then.
I know I said last week that I was ready to jump right back into training. And I was.
That is, until I got sick and I just needed rest until I got better. So the beginning of the week was a good mix of walking, running, stretching. I was prepping for the big workout I'd do on my own (since my trainer is out of town) to see if I could keep up what I've learned.
That's about when I woke up one morning with a foggy head, a nose that wouldn't stop running, aches all over, and that feeling of exhaustion where walking up the stairs makes you winded. Thankfully, I think I'm on the back end of it, and my trainer's back in town next week.
So I'll say it again, just like last week, bring it on week 11!
This past Saturday, it was finally nice outside. Spring is (almost) here (maybe)! Since we have that, you know, long triathlon coming up in a month, my friends and I decided that we should head out for a long bike ride. We picked a route that was the same as the triathlon distance - 33 miles. This took us out to Dover, MA and back. Dover, "The Town of Friendship," is a small town southwest of Boston that allocates 75% of its town budget to snow removal and has more registered Republicans than Democrats*. But I digress - the town isn't important, but the ride is. And how was that ride? Awful. Just awful.
(Abe Lincoln approves)
Our family took full advantage of spring break this past week and drove to D.C. where my brother lives. We stayed with his family and took the kids to several of the Smithsonian museums and national monuments for the first time. We went to the Natural History Museum twice of course because kids just can't get enough of fossils, dinosaur bones, lions, bugs, and giant crystals.
I was on my feet for hours the whole week and never got too tired. It was a lot easier than the circuit workout last week. But at the same time, I think my body really needed a chance to recharge. I loved walking around in the sunshine and fresh air, but didn't feel the need to push myself, or take time away from museum hopping to fit in a workout.
I got a great question in the comments of my last post that I thought a number of people would be interested in. Beth asked
In some of your past blogs, you talk about how sometimes your coach has you do intervals and sometimes she has you run at a slower pace for a longer distance. I was wondering if she gave you any guidance about how many times a week you should be doing intervals and how often you should be doing slower,longer runs.